May 15, 2020

Artscape Daniels Launchpad Opens New Location by Quadrangle

In the living room, custom fixtures by Garo Design Group shine over vintage chairs and tables topped with reclaimed wood by City Furniture. Photography by Adrien Williams.

Life as an artist requires flexibility, community, and space. And while those are often hard to come by, Toronto’s Artscape Daniels Launchpad is seeking to help. Its new location in Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts, overlooking Lake Ontario in the city’s East Bayfront neighborhood, offers 35,000 square feet of coworking space thoughtfully put together by Quadrangle.

Meeting rooms line the corridor; in front, task chairs by Keilhauer and a custom fixture by Eurolite surround a vintage table, while Levey Industries’ custom wallcovering clads the rear room, with a table and chairs by Herman Miller. Photography by Adrien Williams.

“The idea was to create a path for travel, gradually taking the visitor on a journey through the maker spaces,” says principal Caroline Robbie. Spaces include some 90 studios and meeting rooms within steel-framed glass storefronts, a blackbox event space, and social spaces including a kitchen and living room. The different spaces had different requirements: “There’s professional quality recording studios, which required elevated acoustics, and an active woodshop, complete with bandsaws and routers,” Robbie says. “We carefully played with the placement of these spaces to group the noisier shops together with their own acoustical slab and used suspended acoustical walls in the studios to avoid any sound transmission through the floor.” 

Meeting spaces are literally housed in Baltic birch plywood, with cushions upholstered in Kvadrat and TMS Lighting sconces; the lockers are by W.G. Wood Sales Company. Photography by Adrien Williams.

Speaking of floors, wood reclaimed from a local high school clads the base of the board rooms, and even climbs its walls to create a cityscape—a clever example of what makers can do, when given the proper resources.

A Herman Miller table and task chairs, and Eurolite pendants, outfit the board room. Photography by Adrien Williams.
Toronto’s Black Rock Studio handcrafted the tiles for the walls of the open kitchen. Photography by Adrien Williams.
In a meeting area, Herman Miller task chairs surround a vintage walnut table, beneath a custom tube cylinder LED light by Eurolite. Photography by Adrien Williams.
Eurolite pendants illuminate the restroom’s Duravit sinks with Delta Faucet faucets. Photography by Catherine Ryan.
The building’s exterior. Photography by Adrien Williams.

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